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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foreign Governments Welcome Haiti Deal

LONDON -- Foreign governments heaved sighs of relief Monday at the last-minute deal which averted a U.S. invasion of Haiti, and some praised President Clinton for being prepared to use force.

Britain, ready to put a warship under U.S. command for the invasion, said the 11th hour agreement of Haiti's military dictators to relinquish power by Oct. 15 was "excellent news" -- provided the junta sticks to it. "It shows that force of international opinion and persistence by the United States can (achieve a) satisfactory result," said British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, who is on a visit to Japan.

"Of course, it is only the beginning. After Mr. Aristide (ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide) goes back there has to be a lot of rebuilding going on," he said.

Britain offered a frigate, HMS Broadsword, as a contribution to the U.S.-led invasion. It also has a 12-member military training team in Puerto Rico which, officials said, would now probably be withdrawn.

In Moscow, a leading lawmaker said that calling off the invasion would improve the atmosphere at next week's summit between Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin. "Undoubtedly, this new factor in world politics will result in a substantial decrease in tensions at the forthcoming U.N. session," said Vladimir Lukin, chairman of parliament's Committee for International Affairs. Yeltsin is also scheduled to address the United Nations.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also praised the agreement in an official statement.

"Russia has always been in favor of using political and diplomatic levers for resolving the Haiti crisis," said the statement carried by Itar-Tass.

The statement said U.S. actions should be overseen by the United Nations, and that Russia "expects the fullest possible information in the United Nations Security Council, first of all from the American side, about development of the situation."

In Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono said the deal marked "an important progress toward the restoration of Haiti's democracy, which includes the reinstatement of the legitimately elected government."

Kono praised the U.S. government and former President Carter, who brokered the agreement and said Japan will "consider appropriate cooperation in support of Haiti's democratization and reconstruction." The news dominated radio and television newscasts in many countries. In London, British morning newspapers rushed the agreement into final editions under headlines such as "Haiti's Junta Gives In" and "Carter Deal Saves Haiti From Invasion."

Le Monde, the first major French newspaper to come out after the agreement was announced, headlined its front-page, "The negotiated exit of the Haitian junta is a success for President Clinton."